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BL3309   Ecosystems and Conservation

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 20

ECTS credits : 10

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: Lectures: 10.00 am Mon, Tue and Wed Practicals: to be arranged.

This module will examine how ecosystems function and how they provide services for humans: information which is essential for ecologists, conservationists and land managers. The module will consider examples of natural systems being altered by man to demonstrate how ecosystems function and the consequences of anthropogenic change. Disturbance and regulation in ecosystems, atmospheric and hydrological regulation, (including the green house effect and acidification), soil ecology, conservation and management of natural resources, agricultural and grazed ecosystems (including GMOs), urban ecosystems and aspects of sustainable development will also be discussed.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2307 and ( pass BL2303 or pass BL2304 or pass BL2308 )

Co-requisite(s): You must also take BL3000

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour lectures (x 11 weeks) and 2 x 3- hour practicals during the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 161

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Coursework = 34%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 66%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 34%

Re-assessment: 3-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%


Module teaching staff: Team taught